We have relocated to Union Wharf, Market Harborough, for the winter. Here is ‘Froth’ lying in her new mooring, and taking on water. As you can see, we have the advantage of a quayside running the length of the boat, which is great because we can get on and off at the front as well as the back if necessary. It’s also good for washing and painting the hull.
We love Market Harborough. Lots of great shops and restaurants, a good park for Rosie, and the basin has a well-kept towpath and its own restaurant and gin/fizz bar. Even so, we were sorry to leave Yelvertoft. It’s a great marina in a fabulous setting with lovely people. No doubt we’ll be back one day. But, for various reasons, Harborough is the best place for us this winter.
Union Wharf is also home to a hire fleet. It can get very festive when there are stag/hen parties setting out on the little day boats:
The larger boats are moored in front of the restaurant:
But all the hiring has stopped now for the winter, so it will be relatively quiet until March.
Froth has had some work done on the cratch covers at the front, because they were leaking when the wind got up and drove the rain in hard. To prevent that, Kinver Canopies have fitted this rather stylish scalloping, which is mounted on a rail that acts as a gutter. A perfect marriage of form and function.
We had been noticing that the propellor was not turning very well, so Andy got his long sleeved rubber gloves on and lifted the weed hatch to investigate. This is what he found:
Old mooring rope, wrapped tightly around the shaft. It took a lot of sawing with a blade to get it off. Still, at least it was proper rope and not a plastic bag – those things are a nightmare!